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ukimalefu want, but shouldn't, may anyway
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TOS posted:
and are subject to arbitrary de-monetization


Yeah, but google pays them a ridiculously low amount, like a couple cents per ad. That's why youtubers now have to find their own sponsors and sell merch to make a living.
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Many videos on YouTube get drastically more views than the average successful movie.

Surely you can understand that allowing independent film producers like Francis Ford Coppola (Dementia 13) opportunities to have their movies seen in public theaters by millions of ticket-buyers is somewhat more culturally significant than getting a gazillion likes for your chimp-at-the-zoo-masturbating-with-a-dead-frog-in-front-of-a-2nd-grade-fieldtrip video.
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Metacell posted:
obvs posted:
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Many videos on YouTube get drastically more views than the average successful movie.

Surely you can understand that allowing independent film producers like Francis Ford Coppola (Dementia 13) opportunities to have their movies seen in public theaters by millions of ticket-buyers is somewhat more culturally significant than getting a gazillion likes for your chimp-at-the-zoo-masturbating-with-a-dead-frog-in-front-of-a-2nd-grade-fieldtrip video.


Sure, but is it art? ;)
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Dune

yes, that Dune. I read it back 69/70.... thought to read again now that the sad memory of the 1984 movie has faded and a new remake is slated for this coming December.
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What about the sci-fi miniseries? It was great, probably the best thing to come out of sci-fi/sy-fy (gross).
Time for Tor Book's free e-book of the month: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. This is the first book in Kowal's to-be three book "Lady Astronaut" series when Tor Books will publish book 3, The Relentless Moon, on July 14th. The usual limitations and restrictions apply. Downloads must be completed by 11:59 pm EDT on June 26th.

Grumph! I picked up The Calculating Stars in dead-tree form about 3 months ago. No, I haven't gotten to it yet.
I picked it up in digital form about six weeks ago. Read it immediately. It is a pretty good series. The third one is out in July.
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I picked it up in digital form about six weeks ago. Read it immediately. It is a pretty good series. The third one is out in July.

OH WOW. You're absolutely right.

In fact I was looking for something else to read on Friday to take a break from reading Margaret Atwood's "The Testaments" (which is very depressing like her "The Handmaid's Tale" though it is very well written) so I began "The Calculating Stars" at 1 am, Saturday morning.

I finished it at 7 pm that same day. This included taking a nap during that time.

AND I went out on Sunday to pick up Kowal's "The Fated Sky", the follow-up, and began it at about 4 pm. I finished that at about 4 am this morning.

Now I am ready for her "The Restless Moon" which I will get as soon as I can.
I am about 1/3 of the way through Relentless Moon now. It has been great so far. Worth picking up for certain.
Tor Books has released another free e-book: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh. This book can be downloaded until 11:59 pm EDT TOMORRROW July 48th. Usual limitations and restrictions apply.

I have not read anything by Tesh that I can recall.

This is being offered in preparation of Tor Books releasing book 2 in a series of 2: "Drowned Country" on August 18th.
I finished "The Restless Moon" and wow. Relentlessly fast paced

Hunting around for more stuff by Kowal, I found Lady Astronaut of Mars which is a prequel to her Lady Astronaut series. It is only a novelette that she published in 2014 and can be bought for only $0.99 from Amazon (only Kindle format) or Apple Books BUT DO NOT BUY THIS (see below).

There is also Articulated Restraint, another novelette which also takes place in her Lady Astronaut Universe (LGU) and was published in 2019 (so you might read this in between "The Fated Sky" and "The Restless Moon"). Available from Amazon (again only Kindle) and Apple Books for $0.99.

Instead of picking up "Lady Astronaut of Mars" you should get Word Puppets which is an anthology of short stories which not only includes "Lady Astronaut of Mars" but a second story from the Kowal's LGU along with 14 other stories. Available from Amazon and Apple Books for $6.99.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark: Novel, by Campbell Black

Haven't watched the movie in a long time, but I've seen it many times.

First time reading it.

The author takes time describing things and tells you what people are thinking, etc, yet the pace feels faster than I remember it to be in the movie. Still cool though.

I just started last night and read up to when Indy finds Marion.
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The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles - Peter Brown, Steven Gaines
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Raiders of the Lost Ark: Novel, by Campbell Black

Haven't watched the movie in a long time, but I've seen it many times.

First time reading it.

The author takes time describing things and tells you what people are thinking, etc, yet the pace feels faster than I remember it to be in the movie. Still cool though.

I just started last night and read up to when Indy finds Marion.


The mixed blessing about movie novelizations is that the authors are given access to early versions of the scripts. But they have to get their book out the door before the final version of the film is edited, so they sometimes have scenes the movie doesn't or include more background exposition.

I read all the Star War / Star Trek movie novels when I was a kid and it was weird/confusing.
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The best way to do it, is have Stanley Kubrick make your movie, get Arthur C Clark to write your book, and just let them do what they want.
Time for another free e-book from Tor Books: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi. Download before 11:59 pm EDT, Friday, August 21st. You must be eligible to sign-up for Tor.com newsletter in the US or Canada.
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"the march of folly" by barbara tuchman

about spectacularly bad decisions by bad leaders acting against their own (or that of their people's) self interest

quite relevant these days, eh?
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The Secret of the Incas: Myth, Astronomy and the War Against Time
by William L. Sullivan

If you like mythology, read it
If you like astronomy, read it
If you like history, read it
If you like anthropology, read it

It's great, fascinating, awesome. I love it.

:D

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/108 ... 0be%20true.
Time for Tor Books free e-book of the month: "The Haunting of Tram Car 015" by P. Djèlí Clark. I should note that it is listed as a novella, but it was a finalist for the 2020 Hugo Award, the 2020 Nebula Award AND the 2020 Locus Award. Apparently Clark has written another story--"Dead Djinn in Cairo"--set in the same universe. Tor Books is using this free e-book to announce that Clark also has "Ring Shout" now on sale (which is about the demonic origins of the Twentieth Century revival of the Ku Klux Klan and how activists prevented the Klan from bringing about the end of the world).

The usual limitations apply. Available for downloading until 11:59 pm EDT on Oct. 23rd.
I finished Clark's "The Haunting of Tram Car 015" last night. I liked it enough that even before finishing that story I picked up "Ring Shout" even though that is likely not within the same universe as "Haunting".

"Haunting" is set in 1914 Egypt but markedly different from our history. This Egypt threw off the colonial shackles from England in 1879 and with the assistance of djinn Egypt has established itself as one of the world's magical powers. It wouldn't be quite right to call this story "steampunk"--perhaps electropunk would be a better term. The economic and social balances are uneven: on the streets of Cairo one is likely to see women fully sheathed in burkas along side other women in the latest Paris fashions, and one of street issues is giving women the vote.

I am going to hunt down the other Clark stories. I believe that there are at least two others out now.
Pity The Nation: Lebanon At War, by Robert Fisk

The author recently died so I thought I'd pull this off the shelf for another read.


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Time for another free Tor e-book SERIES, but this is a bit complicated.

Go TODAY (Monday, 11/30) to here to pick up the FIRST book "Every Heart a Doorway" in Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series, and then over the next 4 days this week that link should change to each of the next 4 books in McGuire's series (sorry, usual restrictions apply). This is Tor Books' announcement that on January 12, 2021, they will release book 6 "Across the Green Grass Fields".

I haven't read anything by McGuire that I can recall.
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Since there are a few sci-fi fans around here; Ben Bova died of COVID.

https://twitter.com/KathrynBruscoBk/sta ... 7104873474
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